LONDON (AFP) – Leeds held on for a 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace that did little to ease their fears of being dragged deeper into the Premier League relegation battle on Monday (April 25).
Jesse Marsch’s aspect survived a second half barrage from a Palace staff impressed by Wilfried Zaha after he was accused of diving by the chums. Leeds are 5 parts away from the relegation zone, nonetheless third backside Everton have a sport in hand to shut the opening to 2 parts.
With Leeds’ subsequent three video video video video video games coming in path of Manchester Metropolis, Arsenal and Chelsea, there could nonetheless be a nerve-jangling conclusion to the season for the Yorkshire membership. Leeds have taken 11 parts from seven video video video video video games since hiring American boss Marsch to change the sacked Marcelo Bielsa.
Nonetheless irrespective of that sturdy run, Burnley’s second successive win, in path of Wolves on Sunday, has lifted them out of the relegation zone above Everton, all through the tactic dragging Leeds into the scrap for survival.
Marsch and Palace boss Patrick Vieira met 9 occasions all through the USA all by the use of their spells in value of New York Purple Bulls and New York Metropolis FC respectively.
None of these earlier encounters can have been fairly so important to Marsch as this one as Leeds tried to climb away from the relegation dogfight.
England midfielder Kalvin Phillips was making his first Leeds begin for just about 5 months after a hamstring damage, nonetheless at occasions the frenetic tempo left him struggling to handle up up.
Jean-Philippe Mateta virtually gave Palace the suitable begin when he raced onto Conor Gallagher’s extended go and clipped his shot earlier Leeds keeper Illan Meslier, nonetheless the burly striker’s effort drifted merely big.
Palace dominated the early phases and Mateta missed one completely utterly totally different good chance as he stretched to shin Jordan Ayew’s cross big from close-range.
After a rocky begin, Leeds defender Liam Cooper’s header pressured Vicente Guaita to make his first save. Mateta examined Meslier with a sturdy header earlier than Palace ahead Zaha earned Marsch’s wrath.
Zaha’s theatrical tumbles raised the temperature on the touchline as Marsch took draw again with the Ivorian, who then shoved Raphinha all through the face to make the setting pretty extra feisty.
The dangerous blood spilled over into the second half as Daniel James was booked for a crude foul on Joel Ward that sparked one completely utterly totally different melee. Zaha appealed for a penalty after Luke Ayling’s draw again despatched him sprawling, nonetheless his protest was waved away.
Undeterred, Zaha took the assault to Leeds as shortly as extra as he within the low cost of contained on this planet for a shot that Meslier held precisely. Gallagher smashed a half-volley merely over from the sting of the world earlier than Meslier twice saved alongside alongside collectively alongside along with his legs from a pair of Zaha strikes.